Campus Climate Initiatives

Presidential Task Force on Campus Climate

Since its founding, Cornell has aspired to be a diverse and inclusive university. Our founding principles continue to inspire and guide us, and when the experience of the community fails to reflect these goals, we must redouble our efforts to create the kind of environment we seek. Visit the Office of the President's page for ongoing updates.

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Supporting Diversity and Inclusion on Our Campuses

Provost Kotlikoff and Vice President Lombardi have been charged with developing and/or enhancing programs and services that support diversity and inclusion on our campuses. 

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Diversity and Educational Programming for Greek Life

In September, President Pollack directed the heads of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils to develop a substantive and meaningful diversity training and education program for all their members, to be implemented before the spring recruitment cycle.

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  • Read the action plan that outlines steps for accountability, education, impact, and change for the Greek community in light of recent bias incidents.

Alternative Dispute Resolutions Process

The dean of students has been charged with creating and implementing an alternative dispute resolution process based on restorative justice that can be a resource, in conjunction with our disciplinary system, for students in addressing any future incidents.

  • A search is currently underway to hire the Associate Dean of Students, Peer-to-Peer Support and Conflict Resolution. The new associate dean will be part of the Care and Crisis Services Team of the Dean of Students Office. The Associate Dean will be responsible for recruiting, training and managing Cornell students who will serve as peer counselors, mediators and/or facilitators for restorative justice processes, or other alternative dispute resolution techniques, as needed.  

    New Student Orientation Programming

    Vice President Lombardi announced that new programming will be developed and implemented to help incoming students learn about living in a diverse community. This programming is expected to be a part of the expanded student orientation starting next fall.

    Helping Faculty Address Diversity in the Classroom

    The new Center for Teaching Innovation is expanding and enhancing services for faculty, including devoting new staff resources to helping faculty address diversity in the classroom and facilitate faculty-student conversations.

    Creating Space for Student Resource Centers on Central Campus

    The Division of Student & Campus Life has initiated a planning process to establish a central campus location for our student resource centers. The process include working with students, staff and alumni in the coming years to identify the right space and resources to realize this goal.

    Dean of Students Office: Focused on Supporting Diversity and Campus Climate

    The Dean of Students Office is expanding to provided additional support to students in the areas of diversity, equity and empowerment:

    • Marla Love, the new Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity, works directly with the diversity units in Dean of Students to create an intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways. Learn more.

    • Associate Dean Renee Alexander has assumed the new role of senior adviser to the dean of students to focus on issues of campus climate. Learn more.

    • A search is currently underway to hire the Associate Dean for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support position by the end of the Spring semester. The associate dean position is situated in the Diversity and Equity portfolio within the Office of the Dean of Students. In addition to implementing programmatic, support, and advocacy initiatives for first-generation and low-income students, this role will work directly with the staff members in Student Development Diversity Initiatives, Undocumented/DACA student support, and Undergraduate Military Veteran student support.